Gladys Edwards
Gladys Edwards

Obituary of Gladys Violet Edwards

Gladys Violet Dosser Edwards was a loving, caring wife, daughter, mother, grandmother, and great, grandmother. Born 31 January 1923 in Centralia, Lewis County to Mamie A Kuper Dosser and John Oliver Dosser. Her mother passed before she was one year of age so she and her sister, Mary Ellen Dosser Davidson, were raised by their immigrant Irish grandmother, Mary Matthews Kuper, and immigrant German grandfather, Karl Gerhardt Kuper. Her grandparents had homesteaded 80 acres in Lewis County, Washington in 1899. Gladys and her sister attended a one-room schoolhouse (Upper Cowlitz Prairie) during the Depression. Upon graduation from Toledo High School she met and married Robert “Bob” Vernon Edwards. In 1945 Bob built a 24 X 24 house for the growing family on the north 40 acres of her grandparents’ homestead. The family grew to 6 children before the family moved to Port Townsend, Washington in 1958. In Port Townsend, both she and Bob worked at Fort Worden Diagnostic and Treatment Center for Juvenile Delinquents. After the closure of Fort Worden, they moved to Eastgate, King County to work at Echo Glen Treatment Center. She retired after 25 years so they could travel. After her family, Gladys had two joys in life—travel, and genealogy. Before Bob passed in 1991, they had traveled through all but one state and most of the provinces of Canada. After Bob’s death Gladys’ daughter-in-law, Sue Schwanke Edwards took her on a ferry trip to Alaska—her 50th state. Gladys had explored Ireland twice with her daughter, Darlene, in search of the birthplace of her grandmother. An expert genealogist, she spent 50 years tracking her and Bob’s families going back centuries. Before her death, she was able through DNA to locate the birthplace in Ireland (Cloughrea Townland, County Meath) of her grandmother, Mary Matthews Kuper. Gladys and Bob will rest together at Mt. View Cemetery, Centralia, Washington. They were the loving parents (to Sharon, Barb, Dave, Ed, Diane, and Darlene), grandparents, great grandparents, and great, great grandparents to a very close and loving family.
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